The 3rd CLMV Young Leadership Program in Japan (FY2009)
In order to energize trade and investment, and other economic activities in the Mekong region and to strengthen economic relations between Japan and the CLMV countries, the IIST, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), has been implementing the CLMV Young Leadership Program since 2006 with the strong belief that exchanges among leaders in various circles who will support the next generation is very important.
The theme for this fiscal year was “fostering and developing small and medium enterprises (SMEs),” which are essential for the development of trade and investment in the Mekong region. The aims of the program were to introduce Japan’s policies on SMEs, the current problems faced by SMEs in Japan, as well as their future potentials. The program participants were expected to establish relations through discussions between themselves and the representatives of related organizations in Japan, and to explore the roles and potentials of SMEs in their own countries for the economic development in the future.
Dates: July 6 (Monday) - 11 (Saturday), 2009
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
In cooperation with: Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation (SMRJ), Japan; Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)
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-Lecture on “Japanese Trade Policy in CLMV regions”
-Lecture on “Japanese Economy”
-Courtesy call on Director General for Southeast and Southwest
Asian Affairs Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
-Lectures and opinion-exchange about Japan’s SME promotion policy
with officials of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Ministry
of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
-Courtesy call on Parliamentary Secretary for Economy, Trade and Industry, METI
-Courtesy call on Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI
-POWER CO LTD., (textile business)
-Opinion exchange with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)
-Lectures and opinion-exchange with SME promotion such as Organization for Small & Medium Enterprise sand Regional Innovation, JAPAN (SMRJ)
-Lecture on “Overview of Manufacturing Industry and Industrial Policy in OTA City” by Manager, OOTA ward
-Nambu Co., Ltd
-Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
- Mirai Industry Co., Ltd.
-Yamanaka Industry Co., Ltd.
-Kodama Shicen Tapestry Studio
In the week-long program participants heard presentations on the Japanese economy, Japan’s policy toward the CLMV countries, Japan’s policy on the fostering and development of SMEs, and other topics through visits to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (SMRJ), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry(JCCI), Industrial Promotion Section of Ota-ku, Tokyo among others.
In addition, the participants visited a few SMEs that were active in Japan (e.g., Power Co., Ltd., Nambu Co., Ltd., Yamanaka Industry Co., Ltd., etc.) and exchanged opinions with the management there.
Since the Foreign Ministry designated this year as the Japan-MekongExchangeYear, the 3rd CLMV Young Leadership Program recognized as one of the activities of the Japan-MekongExchangeYear and publicized through the Foreign Ministry’s website and other media. Furthermore, the program received cooperation from not only the Foreign Ministry and METI but also the SMRJ and the JCCI. For that reason, in their feedback questionnaires and other occasions, the participants commented that, through the discussions with these organizations, they had been able to obtain an overall understanding of the whole process involved in Japan’s policy toward fostering and developing SMEs, from drafting policies through implementation.
In addition, the participants’ visited Power Co., Ltd. (Kita-ku, Tokyo) and Nambu Co., Ltd. (Ota-ku, Tokyo), both of which were actively utilizing their own unique technologies, and Yamanaka Industry Co., Ltd. (Kyoto) and Kodama Shicen Tapestry Studio (Kyoto), which were successful in responding to current market needs using traditional technologies. Through those visits the participants learned the strengths of Japan’s SMEs in surviving the changes through original technology development capabilities, product strategies, and marketing methods despite their small scale.
Many of the participants expressed the wish that in the future these SMEs in Japan would invest and set up operations in the CLMV countries, thereby increasing opportunities to learn directly from them about their wonderful technological strengths, management methods, and so on. In addition, participants also expressed the hope to utilize the network cultivated through this program to obtain support and cooperation in developing human resources and building financial systems in the field of SME development in the CLMV countries in the future. In order to utilize the program’s network, participants also requested, among other things, the production of a mailing list, which suggests that the human network between Japan and invited persons will further deepen in the future.
The program also earned high praise from the related cooperating organizations, and it is notable that they have already expressed a strong desire to continue the program in the next fiscal year.
The welcome reception held on the first day of the program were attended by around 100 people, including government officials and businesspeople with interests in the CLMV countries, where they deepened friendship and exchanges with the invited participants. This showed the high level of interest in the CLMV countries that exists in Japan.
[KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA]
H.E. Mr. HENG Sokkung
Undersecretary of State
Ministry of Industry, Mines & Energy
H.E. Dr. PICH Rithi
Director-General for General Directorate for Domestic Trade
Ministry of Commerce
Mr. NOP Sophorndara
Deputy Director of the Department of Multilateral Trade
Ministry of Commerce
[LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC]
Mr. Somdy INMYXAI
Director General, SME Promotion and Development Office (SMEPDO)
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Mr. BouaNguen CHANTHABOULY
Deputy Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)
Mr. Khanthavong DALAVONG
Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI)
[UNION OF MYANMAR]
U Kyaw Lwin
Myanma Agricultural Machinery Industries
Ministry of Industry No. (2) .
U Min Maung Maung
Deputy General Manager
Planning Department, Myanma General and Maintenance Industries (MGMI)
Ministry of Industry No. (1).
U Zaw Min Win
(Industry and SMEs Development)
Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)
[SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM]
Mr. HUYNH Dac Thang
Deputy Director General
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Mr. DO Van Hai
Deputy Director General
Enterprises Development Agency
Ministry of Planning and Investment
Ms. LE Thi Thu Thuy
Manager Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion Center
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
International Exchange Dept.